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Report on Puerto Rico, U.S.A.

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Report on Puerto Rico, U.S.A.

Published 1955

Promotes the social and economic benefits of commonwealth status for Puerto Rico.

Run time 11:04
Producer Teleview Productions (Emerson Yorke Studios)
Sponsor N/A
Audio/Visual Sd, B&W


Shows efforts to improve Puerto Rico's economy, mentioning the improved welfare of its people, growth of agriculture and industry and its tourist attractions.

The land, people and industrial production of P.R., especially as available for commercial exploitation by U.S. business. Shows landmarks, natural beauty and praises the stability of the democratic government of the Commonwealth. Alludes to Puerto Ricans fighting for independence.

San Juan, Lottery; cockfighting; government housing authority built low-cost housing units;

Buildings in San Juan: Banco Popular de Puerto Rico
University of Puerto Rico (coeducational); School of Tropical Medicine; hospitals, radio towers; Spanish language newspaper; heavy construction; Isla Verde Airport, Ramey Air Force Base (SAC), bombers, air refueling crew; simulated air-sea rescue; helicopter; Air Force MP's drill; salt fields; sugar cane fields and cutting; pineapple plantations; pineapples held by a child; coffee bushes; jibaro families pick coffee; coconut drinks; beach hotel/resort; pools; woman in front of giant display showing air and water temperature at beach; volleyball; tennis; El Yunque mountain; the rain forest; orchids; ferns; Luquillo beach;

"The timeless surf pounds the Carribbean shoreline of what Christopher Columbus dubbed El Puerto Rico, the rich port which he discovered on his second voyage westward in 1493."

industrial incentives for American business: 10-year tax exemptions

"Operation Bootstrap moves forward and today Puerto Rico is an integral part of the American economic system, a new frontier for business enterprise."

"In these days of international strain, popular twice-elected native Governor Munoz Marin, aware of the agitations of a small minority of nationalistic fanatics and malcontents administers the affairs of the Commonwealth with clear vision and the loyal support of a stable and well-trained officialdom."

mention of a village (didn't get the name); "scene of the recent ill-fated nationalistic uprising by the insurgents"



Reviewer: El Hijo Prodigo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 16, 2006
Subject: Unknown PR Nationalist Rebellions
I always rate high any documentaries found about our beloved Island. Information about the Ponce Masacre "1937" that is not mentioned in this semi informative film can be found at:
Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 25, 2004
Subject: I wanna live there!
Lovely examination of early Puerto Rico is shown to tourists (?) features it's economy, (everything from coal to coffee) it's political climate (note the USA in front of Puerto Rico) and it's most famous sport, Cock Fighting! No fights are shown :( and I have no idea if it's still going on, but the meer tease of it made me salivate.
Reviewer: G. A. Rivera - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 11, 2003
Subject: 50`s Puerto Rico
Of the two films available about Puerto Rico,this one I liked the most.A sharp contrast against the older film depicting the island`s economy as mostly agricultural.With the help of the U.S.,puertorricans are shedding their primitive,although honorable,lifestyle of country living,for a more modern way of living.Being born and raised in the island, I can always appreciate and admire how the island`s landmarks looked before I was born (1963).The views and the landscape is more clean and less cluttered.
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